Therapists in California

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Photo of Meg Ichikawa Chang, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Meg Ichikawa Chang
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
When times are tough, a little professional help to sort things out can be beneficial. I will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to freely express your thoughts and feelings. With me gently supporting and guiding you through, you will gain insight into how your past experiences have shaped the way you think and respond to life situations. We will identify thought patterns that no longer work for you, explore brand new perspectives and practice positive coping skills. Through my gentle and compassionate guidance, you will equip yourself with successful coping skills that will help you throughout your entire life journey.
When times are tough, a little professional help to sort things out can be beneficial. I will provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to freely express your thoughts and feelings. With me gently supporting and guiding you through, you will gain insight into how your past experiences have shaped the way you think and respond to life situations. We will identify thought patterns that no longer work for you, explore brand new perspectives and practice positive coping skills. Through my gentle and compassionate guidance, you will equip yourself with successful coping skills that will help you throughout your entire life journey.
(424) 667-5591 View (424) 667-5591
Photo of Holly Prichard, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Holly Prichard
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Waitlist for new clients
Are you are feeling overwhelmed or stuck? Is your life not working as well as you would like? Are you feeling stressed or experiencing negative relationship patterns? I can help. Sometimes clients know exactly what they need, and sometimes it isn't clear. Together we will identify your goals and priorities and then I can help create a clear path to healing. My desire is to provide a place where clients can share freely and be true to themselves.
Are you are feeling overwhelmed or stuck? Is your life not working as well as you would like? Are you feeling stressed or experiencing negative relationship patterns? I can help. Sometimes clients know exactly what they need, and sometimes it isn't clear. Together we will identify your goals and priorities and then I can help create a clear path to healing. My desire is to provide a place where clients can share freely and be true to themselves.
(707) 682-5123 View (707) 682-5123
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Erica Smith Jimenez Truckee California
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Truckee, CA 96161  (Online Only)
I have been working in the field for many years with a focus on work with children, adults and families. I am deeply invested in working with the family system and supporting ways to improve relationships. My most recent focus has been around parenting, work with teens, and navigating ways to manage conflict, improve relationships and increase positive coping skills. I have experience supporting clients with depression, anxiety, attachment issues, anger management, mood fluctuations, trauma/PTSD, identity issues, and stress management.
I have been working in the field for many years with a focus on work with children, adults and families. I am deeply invested in working with the family system and supporting ways to improve relationships. My most recent focus has been around parenting, work with teens, and navigating ways to manage conflict, improve relationships and increase positive coping skills. I have experience supporting clients with depression, anxiety, attachment issues, anger management, mood fluctuations, trauma/PTSD, identity issues, and stress management.
(530) 212-7678 View (530) 212-7678
Photo of Audrey Hayden, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Audrey Hayden
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675  (Online Only)
As we move through our lives, we are presented with moments of challenge and moments of opportunity, and I believe my job as a therapist is to help you prepare for both. I have found a passion in working with adults of all ages, addressing issues of identity, life transition, trauma, grief and self-acceptance. I also work with all couples; I want to help you and your partner make sense of your relationship and help you both address your concerns and build a solid, secure and fulfilling commitment together.
As we move through our lives, we are presented with moments of challenge and moments of opportunity, and I believe my job as a therapist is to help you prepare for both. I have found a passion in working with adults of all ages, addressing issues of identity, life transition, trauma, grief and self-acceptance. I also work with all couples; I want to help you and your partner make sense of your relationship and help you both address your concerns and build a solid, secure and fulfilling commitment together.
(949) 449-1823 View (949) 449-1823
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Jiyoung Kim
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Do you find difficulties with feelings of depression, anxiety, relationship/family problems, and trauma? These emotional disruptions can have a significant impact on our lives. Coping with these events requires various approaches, and I can assist you in recognizing your emotions and identifying possible patterns in your relationships. I can also help you develop resilience and acceptance towards challenging emotions, and support you in setting meaningful goals. I utilize EMDR, CBT, trauma-informed care, mindfulness, & person-centered therapy to reduce anxiety and trauma symptoms, foster resilience, and enhance the quality of life.
Do you find difficulties with feelings of depression, anxiety, relationship/family problems, and trauma? These emotional disruptions can have a significant impact on our lives. Coping with these events requires various approaches, and I can assist you in recognizing your emotions and identifying possible patterns in your relationships. I can also help you develop resilience and acceptance towards challenging emotions, and support you in setting meaningful goals. I utilize EMDR, CBT, trauma-informed care, mindfulness, & person-centered therapy to reduce anxiety and trauma symptoms, foster resilience, and enhance the quality of life.
(650) 910-1719 View (650) 910-1719
Photo of T Joshua Tan, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
T Joshua Tan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Jose, CA 95125
Is anxiety, depression, or trauma holding you back from being your true self? Do you feel stuck in managing difficult life transitions? Now, every little thing becomes super overwhelming. Those negative experiences reopen old wounds and cause new ones. You tried burying your pain hoping it would go away. You feel lonely and tormented. You feel exhausted, stressed, and angry all the time. You wonder how much more you can take. You are unsure of who or where to turn for help. In the midst of this painful journey, you do not have to go through it alone.
Is anxiety, depression, or trauma holding you back from being your true self? Do you feel stuck in managing difficult life transitions? Now, every little thing becomes super overwhelming. Those negative experiences reopen old wounds and cause new ones. You tried burying your pain hoping it would go away. You feel lonely and tormented. You feel exhausted, stressed, and angry all the time. You wonder how much more you can take. You are unsure of who or where to turn for help. In the midst of this painful journey, you do not have to go through it alone.
(408) 351-0884 View (408) 351-0884
Photo of Rina Sharfstein, PsyD, Psychologist
Rina Sharfstein
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Kentfield, CA 94904
Sometimes things are not quite working as we had hoped in our lives or relationships, or we feel stuck, confused or sad and we’re not sure what to do about it. Perhaps you’ve contemplated speaking to a therapist about your struggles or considered couples therapy with your partner but, naturally, feel hesitant. Reaching out to a psychologist is a big step that can have a positive impact on our current challenges, our relationships and on our lives as a whole. While we can do some part of untangling our conflicts on our own or with thoughtful friends, a deep healing process is one that often requires an experienced professional.
Sometimes things are not quite working as we had hoped in our lives or relationships, or we feel stuck, confused or sad and we’re not sure what to do about it. Perhaps you’ve contemplated speaking to a therapist about your struggles or considered couples therapy with your partner but, naturally, feel hesitant. Reaching out to a psychologist is a big step that can have a positive impact on our current challenges, our relationships and on our lives as a whole. While we can do some part of untangling our conflicts on our own or with thoughtful friends, a deep healing process is one that often requires an experienced professional.
(415) 226-4015 View (415) 226-4015
Photo of Hannah Rhea Divino, ACSW
Hannah Rhea Divino
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Ramon, CA 94583
Hey y’all! My name is Hannah Rhea Divino and I’m a Pinay second generation daughter of immigrants passionate about creating non-judgmental spaces for people to speak their truth, process their emotions, cope with challenging life circumstances and at the same time - celebrate themselves for being courageous and taking steps to care for themselves. My approach is client-centered and healing-centered, giving you the power to shape how each session looks like. I’m a firm believer that everyone already has the inner knowing and tools to heal and come back home to themselves.
Hey y’all! My name is Hannah Rhea Divino and I’m a Pinay second generation daughter of immigrants passionate about creating non-judgmental spaces for people to speak their truth, process their emotions, cope with challenging life circumstances and at the same time - celebrate themselves for being courageous and taking steps to care for themselves. My approach is client-centered and healing-centered, giving you the power to shape how each session looks like. I’m a firm believer that everyone already has the inner knowing and tools to heal and come back home to themselves.
(925) 281-2956 View (925) 281-2956
Photo of Lynn Erwin, MA, MFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Lynn Erwin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Carlsbad, CA 92008
My office is located in the Village of Carlsbad and offers a peaceful and comfortable environment to explore issues that are contributing to distress in one's relationships and life. I utilize a compassionate and collaborative approach to therapy and have experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have extensive experience helping couple's navigate thru the pain and trauma associated with betryal. If your relationship is in crisis or if you are wanting to improve your connection, reaching out is the first step to achieving a happier and more harmonious partnership.
My office is located in the Village of Carlsbad and offers a peaceful and comfortable environment to explore issues that are contributing to distress in one's relationships and life. I utilize a compassionate and collaborative approach to therapy and have experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have extensive experience helping couple's navigate thru the pain and trauma associated with betryal. If your relationship is in crisis or if you are wanting to improve your connection, reaching out is the first step to achieving a happier and more harmonious partnership.
(760) 593-7973 View (760) 593-7973
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Barbara Morett, Couples Therapist
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92102
Are you looking for a therapist who can hold space for all of your unique identities, neurotypes, culture and relationship dynamics? That's me! I specialize in working with couples who want to understand each other better, but are struggling to find common ground. I work with couples who are from different cultures, backgrounds, or have different neurotypes (Autism, ADHD, PDA) nor where there are a mix of different neurotypes in the relationship. My lived experience with neurodiversity and being bi-cultural help me to assist couples in finding more connection and understanding for one another.
Are you looking for a therapist who can hold space for all of your unique identities, neurotypes, culture and relationship dynamics? That's me! I specialize in working with couples who want to understand each other better, but are struggling to find common ground. I work with couples who are from different cultures, backgrounds, or have different neurotypes (Autism, ADHD, PDA) nor where there are a mix of different neurotypes in the relationship. My lived experience with neurodiversity and being bi-cultural help me to assist couples in finding more connection and understanding for one another.
(619) 503-0809 View (619) 503-0809
Photo of Luis Rodriguez, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Luis Rodriguez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Rafael, CA 94903  (Online Only)
I am a bilingual therapist with a focus on creating safe spaces to empower mental health and promote overall wellness. My approach is holistic, non-judgmental, and empathetic; I am passionate about serving adults from all different cultural backgrounds. My goal is to help people reduce suffering by helping them address and process their history, perspectives, and underlying challenges to live a life of fulfillment. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and better understand who you are, and your goals towards living a fulfilling, enjoyable life, and collaborating with you in meeting these goals.
I am a bilingual therapist with a focus on creating safe spaces to empower mental health and promote overall wellness. My approach is holistic, non-judgmental, and empathetic; I am passionate about serving adults from all different cultural backgrounds. My goal is to help people reduce suffering by helping them address and process their history, perspectives, and underlying challenges to live a life of fulfillment. I welcome the opportunity to meet with you and better understand who you are, and your goals towards living a fulfilling, enjoyable life, and collaborating with you in meeting these goals.
(415) 881-5794 View (415) 881-5794
Photo of Maryam Ashraf, LCSW, EMDR, Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Maryam Ashraf
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, identity, and difficult life transitions? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and can’t seem to focus or move forward? There are many ways to get unstuck, and this is the work I love to do to help you heal, grow and live a more fulfilling life. I use an integrative approach including attachment-based work, DBT, CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, bringing in each as needed. Above all, I strive to hold space and empathy for your life experience.
Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, identity, and difficult life transitions? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and can’t seem to focus or move forward? There are many ways to get unstuck, and this is the work I love to do to help you heal, grow and live a more fulfilling life. I use an integrative approach including attachment-based work, DBT, CBT, IFS, and mindfulness, bringing in each as needed. Above all, I strive to hold space and empathy for your life experience.
(650) 643-5603 View (650) 643-5603
Photo of Ariana Alvarez, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Ariana Alvarez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Burbank, CA 91506
I am excited that you have taken the first step to reach out for help. Therapy can be extremely helpful and positive when you are in a stage in your life where you think you have tried everything you can to get past the barriers that are keeping you from feeling and being where you want to be in life. Our childhood experiences deeply affect who we become as adults. Do you have trauma that you want to process? Are you experiencing a life transition that just seems too difficulty to cope with? Is your child or teen experiencing anxiety or depression? I am here to help you through various techniques in order to achieve your goals.
I am excited that you have taken the first step to reach out for help. Therapy can be extremely helpful and positive when you are in a stage in your life where you think you have tried everything you can to get past the barriers that are keeping you from feeling and being where you want to be in life. Our childhood experiences deeply affect who we become as adults. Do you have trauma that you want to process? Are you experiencing a life transition that just seems too difficulty to cope with? Is your child or teen experiencing anxiety or depression? I am here to help you through various techniques in order to achieve your goals.
(747) 229-0570 View (747) 229-0570
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East Side Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90026
We understand that it is difficult to find a therapist you can actually connect to - someone who is both effective and human. That is why our therapists strive for this balance, providing authentic and effective therapy. We work collaboratively with people to detail their future hopes and honor the histories that inform their current experiences and relationships. Our goal is to not only effectively reduce symptoms, but also to facilitate the creation of a strong relationship with yourself and your inner world. Therapy can be a transformative experience when it is co-created and tailored to each individual, couple, or family.
We understand that it is difficult to find a therapist you can actually connect to - someone who is both effective and human. That is why our therapists strive for this balance, providing authentic and effective therapy. We work collaboratively with people to detail their future hopes and honor the histories that inform their current experiences and relationships. Our goal is to not only effectively reduce symptoms, but also to facilitate the creation of a strong relationship with yourself and your inner world. Therapy can be a transformative experience when it is co-created and tailored to each individual, couple, or family.
(818) 960-6008 View (818) 960-6008
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Mary Hakimeh
Psychologist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pasadena, CA 91105  (Online Only)
Hello and welcome - I'm so glad you're here! My name is Dr. Mary Hakimeh, PsyD, and I am an evidence-based psychologist working with individuals from various backgrounds and with various concerns. My goal is to help clients learn more about their identities, improve their relationships, and accomplish their goals. Many of my clients are struggling with self-doubt, Imposter Syndrome, burn out, poor boundaries or communication with others, difficulty understanding themselves, and feeling weighed down by feelings of anxiety and/or depression.
Hello and welcome - I'm so glad you're here! My name is Dr. Mary Hakimeh, PsyD, and I am an evidence-based psychologist working with individuals from various backgrounds and with various concerns. My goal is to help clients learn more about their identities, improve their relationships, and accomplish their goals. Many of my clients are struggling with self-doubt, Imposter Syndrome, burn out, poor boundaries or communication with others, difficulty understanding themselves, and feeling weighed down by feelings of anxiety and/or depression.
(626) 702-2867 View (626) 702-2867
Photo of Rajiv Joshi, MA, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Rajiv Joshi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Irvine, CA 92618
Meet Rajiv, a top-trusted marriage and family therapist in Orange County, CA, currently affiliated with Uram Family Therapy. Having accumulated valuable expertise at UCI Child Development School, where he instructed social skills and emotional regulation under the UCI Department of Pediatrics, he has since extended his impact by overseeing and supporting individuals across various age groups, including children, teens, and adults, within community-based organizations. His commitment remains steadfast in guiding individuals towards realizing their fullest potential.
Meet Rajiv, a top-trusted marriage and family therapist in Orange County, CA, currently affiliated with Uram Family Therapy. Having accumulated valuable expertise at UCI Child Development School, where he instructed social skills and emotional regulation under the UCI Department of Pediatrics, he has since extended his impact by overseeing and supporting individuals across various age groups, including children, teens, and adults, within community-based organizations. His commitment remains steadfast in guiding individuals towards realizing their fullest potential.
(949) 835-5240 View (949) 835-5240
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Jose F Mata
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
12 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Healing is a delicate and powerful process of transformation that involves the emergence of an authentic autonomous self in the presence of an empathic other. Our work together will focus on the areas of your life that are inhibiting the power of your full potential. We all need our pain witnessed in an effort to move beyond where we feel stuck. Through compassion, active listening, challenging explorations and a space where vulnerability can be safe, I support my clients growth in an encouraging and straightforward approach.
Healing is a delicate and powerful process of transformation that involves the emergence of an authentic autonomous self in the presence of an empathic other. Our work together will focus on the areas of your life that are inhibiting the power of your full potential. We all need our pain witnessed in an effort to move beyond where we feel stuck. Through compassion, active listening, challenging explorations and a space where vulnerability can be safe, I support my clients growth in an encouraging and straightforward approach.
(213) 788-1355 View (213) 788-1355
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Deborah Weisinger
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Francisco, CA 94115
Thank you for your interest. Your decision to pursue psychotherapy may be a clear-cut choice or one reached after much thought. I want to understand with you how you reached this particular decision as well as many others in your life. You share an interest in working with me to clarify what contributes to living a more satisfying life and how underlying thoughts and feelings may play a role in your distress.
Thank you for your interest. Your decision to pursue psychotherapy may be a clear-cut choice or one reached after much thought. I want to understand with you how you reached this particular decision as well as many others in your life. You share an interest in working with me to clarify what contributes to living a more satisfying life and how underlying thoughts and feelings may play a role in your distress.
(415) 697-3359 View (415) 697-3359
Photo of Lauren Horvath, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist
Lauren Horvath
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Orange, CA 92865  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides strength-based, trauma-informed therapy to individuals, couples, and families. I provides person-centered therapy and believe each client is the expert in their own life.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who provides strength-based, trauma-informed therapy to individuals, couples, and families. I provides person-centered therapy and believe each client is the expert in their own life.
(714) 874-3792 View (714) 874-3792
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Jennifer Friend
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Diamond Bar, CA 91765  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a safe place where you can talk through difficult emotions, discover and eliminate troubling symptoms and improve your sense of well-being? If so, welcome! With over 14 years of trusted experience, I’ve helped those who’ve experienced stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, trauma, abuse, and addiction. Your decision to enter therapy is proven to be worth the effort!
Are you looking for a safe place where you can talk through difficult emotions, discover and eliminate troubling symptoms and improve your sense of well-being? If so, welcome! With over 14 years of trusted experience, I’ve helped those who’ve experienced stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, trauma, abuse, and addiction. Your decision to enter therapy is proven to be worth the effort!
(949) 353-5879 View (949) 353-5879

How does your Therapist compare?

Average cost per session

$175

Therapists in California who prioritize treating:

92% Anxiety
87% Depression
76% Relationship Issues
73% Self Esteem
67% Trauma and PTSD
64% Coping Skills
64% Stress

Average years in practice

12 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

66% Aetna
60% Cigna and Evernorth
56% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH

How Therapists in California see their clients

69% In Person and Online
31% Online Only

Gender breakdown

80% Female
19% Male
1% Non-Binary
FAQs - About Therapy and Counseling

How can I find a therapist in California?

Search for nearby therapists or counselors by inputting your city, town, or suburb; or zip code; or a provider’s name into the search bar. From there, you can filter providers by the issues they treat, cost, insurance, gender, and other factors to find providers who are well-suited to your needs. To navigate between locations within the same country, enter a new city or zip code into the search bar.

Learn more about how to find a therapist

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed therapist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and counselors.

Many have been licensed by the country or state where they practice; providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some clinicians or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

What’s the difference between a psychologist, a therapist, and a counselor?

Therapists, psychologists, and counselors are all licensed mental health professionals. In the US, psychologists have earned a doctoral degree. The terms “therapist” and “counselor” are used somewhat interchangeably, but generally therapists offer longer-term, mental health care, while counselors offer shorter-term care that may focus on one domain, such as marriage, career, or academic challenges.

Clients should consider factors such as insurance coverage and their primary reason(s) for seeking therapy to determine the type of professional best suited to their needs. Someone struggling with mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety, for example, may wish to seek out a clinical psychologist or therapist, while someone navigating career obstacles or marital upheaval may benefit from seeing a counselor who can offer short-term, targeted support.

What type of therapy is right for me?

The type of therapy best suited to a particular individual depends on several factors, including their primary reason for seeking therapy, their preferred timeline (some therapy types last for a set number of sessions, while others are open-ended), and their personality and preferences—some may prefer a more structured approach. For many individuals, multiple types of therapy could provide a good fit.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy depends on a number of variables, including location and the therapist’s experience and training. On average, a therapy session in the United States could cost between $100 and $200 or more. If you have insurance, the expense of mental health care is typically lower, but it varies based on your insurance plan details and whether you choose an in-network or out-of-network mental healthcare provider.

What are more affordable or low cost therapy solutions?

Many therapists offer sliding scale payments, usually on a limited number of slots, which consists in an agreement between the therapist and a client to pay a reduced rate. Therapists who provide such arrangements often consider the client's income or ability to pay, but the extent of the discount is ultimately at the therapist's discretion. Furthermore, while group therapy may have different goals and benefits compared to individual therapy, it can be a more affordable solution to address certain types of issues.

Is online therapy cheaper than in-person therapy?

Many therapists charge the same amount for online therapy as they do for in-person therapy—though clients may still find this cost-effective if it cuts down on their transportation costs. Health insurance plans often offer equivalent coverage for online and in-person therapy; indeed, in many places, they are legally required to do so. Text-based or on-demand therapy apps may be cheaper than traditional one-on-one psychotherapy; however, the practice may be less effective and is not likely to be covered by insurance.

Is online therapy a good option?

Therapy conducted online can be just as effective as in-person therapy, as long as there is a strong alliance between the client and the therapist. To find a therapist who provides telehealth services to clients in your area, click “Online Therapy” on the directory homepage and search by your city or town or your zip code.

Are therapy sessions confidential?

Confidentiality is a crucial part of the therapeutic relationship. Therapists in the United States are bound by the regulations set out by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which aims to protect sensitive health information. With very few exceptions, a therapist will only discuss their client with others when the client has given their written permission. The instances in which a therapist would be required to disclose personal information are: if a client poses a danger to themselves or others, if the therapist suspects the abuse of a child or an elderly or otherwise dependent adult, or if they are legally forced to by court order. These exceptions to the confidentiality agreement are usually discussed with a client before their first session.